MAJOR HEIST OF PISTACHIOS IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, OVER 21 TONNES OF YUMMY NUTS
So who steals nuts? This guy. No, not me. But ok, I may have injected myself into that title. I really have no idea about the love factor in this story. But I love pistachios like, a lot. I don’t have them much anymore, because they have become so darn expensive. And when I eat them, I can’t just eat a few. Give me the whole damn bag and get out of the way! But their value is a major part of this story. And when you steal 42,000 pounds of these tasty pistachios, you’re talking some major moolah on the market. And that’s exactly what one man did in Central California.
TOUCHSTONE PISTACHIO COMPANY CALLED THE COPS AFTER INTERNAL AUDIT RAISED THE ALARM
His name is Alberto Montemayor. The 34-year-old recently managed to steal 21 tons of pistachios from the Touchstone Pistachio Company. The company recently did an internal and routine audit and realized they had a big discrepancy on their hands. So they got the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office involved. But police had some leads, and they followed them to Delano, California where they found a tractor-trailer in a lot, full of most of the missing pistachios. One ton of them is still missing. And believe me, if I knew where they were, I’d be there pretty fast.
MAN STOLE ALL THOSE PISTACHIOS LOOKING TO SCORE MAJOR MONEY ON LOCAL RESALE
But police also found that the valuable nuts were going into smaller bags for sale. And at about $20 a pound (in store bags for sale), that’s a lot of money. Just think, 2,000 pounds are worth $40,000. If police hadn’t managed to bust the thief, the total lot was worth as much as $840,000. And yes, that’s a much bigger pot. Maybe that’s why Montemayor now faces grand theft charges. So now I can only wistfully dream of being on the road somehow being there when a 50 pound bag of pistachios falls off the back of a truck.
But seriously, who steals nuts?